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Windows 10 Game Mode, UWP games details explained

Windows 10 Game Mode, UWP games details explained

When Microsoft confirmed that the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update would include a certain “Game Mode”, it didn’t really go into detail what that mode would bring aside from a generic “CPU and GPU optimization”. With the Creators Update probably just a week or two away, it’s perhaps time to reveal more information about that. And what better opportunity to do just that than GDC, where Microsoft revealed a few more tidbits about its gaming vision for Windows 10, including the somewhat controversial UWP games.

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Destiny 2 will leave progress & gear behind, but keep character appearance

Destiny 2 will leave progress & gear behind, but keep character appearance

The long wait to an official announcement of Destiny's sequel continues, but on Friday developer Bungie finally answered one of the most burning questions players have had about how their character and progress will carry over into the new game. Basically, it boils down to all gear, such as weapons and armor, abilities/subclasses, and paid-for cosmetics will be left behind for the sequel, but remain accessible in Destiny 1.

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Say hello to Orisa, Overwatch’s newest tank character

Say hello to Orisa, Overwatch’s newest tank character

After dropping a couple of hints over the past few weeks, Blizzard has at last revealed Overwatch's next hero, a tank character named Orisa. Though fans initially suspected a new character by the name of Efi Oladele, it turns out that she was merely the mastermind behind Orisa, who is a four-legged robot centered around supporting and protecting her allies in battle.

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Xbox Game Pass takes the fight to PlayStation Now

Xbox Game Pass takes the fight to PlayStation Now

Microsoft is taking a page out on Sony's book today, announcing a new subscription service for Xbox owners called Xbox Game Pass. For $9.99 per month, you'll be able to subscribe to a Netflix-like service that allows you to download and play full Xbox One games. Xbox Game Pass extends beyond Microsoft's current-generation console, however, as it will also include access to a number of backward compatible games.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War made official after leaking out

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War made official after leaking out

Over the weekend, the title of the sequel to 2014's Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor leaked out. Warner Bros. has wasted no time in confirming the details of that leak, officially announcing Middle-Earth: Shadow of War today. Shadow of War will pick up where the excellent Shadow of Mordor left off, and even better is the fact that it's only half a year away.

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First Final Fantasy 15 DLC episode detailed, multiplayer on the way

First Final Fantasy 15 DLC episode detailed, multiplayer on the way

Now that Final Fantasy XV has been out for a few months, developer Square Enix is finally offering up some details on the game's first major DLC expansion. Titled "Episode Gladiolus," the add-on will be released on March 28th, and it will be included in the FF15 season pass, or purchased individually for $5. Separately, news also surfaced about the game's upcoming multiplayer mode, which is due to be introduced as part of another update down the road.

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Halo developer promises split-screen multiplayer to return in future games

Halo developer promises split-screen multiplayer to return in future games

When Halo 5: Guardians was released in late 2015, it was missing one feature that left stalwart fans of the FPS series upset and disappointed: local co-op multiplayer via split-screen. Fortunately there's good news from this week's DICE industry event in Las Vegas, where Bonnie Ross, head of Halo developer 343 Industries, has announced that they've learned from their mistake, with split-screen functionality returning for future titles.

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Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Last summer, Microsoft acquired livestreaming service Beam as part of its plans to further integrate its Xbox gaming platform with Windows 10, and now it appears it's ready to start positioning Beam as a serious rival to Twitch. The company has announced that a new Beam app is coming to the Xbox One, with select Xbox Insider Program members getting early access starting this weekend.

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New 5-minute Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer features combat and abilities

New 5-minute Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer features combat and abilities

Mass Effect: Andromeda is just over a month away from release, and series fans are eagerly counting down the days. Just in time to tide players over, developer BioWare has released a lengthy new trailer that includes details on combat, weapons, abilities, and other new features. With five minutes of gameplay footage, it's one of the best looks we've had at the sci-fi RPG so far.

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Cities: Skylines inbound for the Xbox One

Cities: Skylines inbound for the Xbox One

The game Cities: Skylines will be launching on the Xbox One soon, it has been announced. The game’s website says it’ll arrive on Microsoft’s latest-generation console this spring, the newest update for the game following its original release in 2015. The Xbox One version of the game will include the “After Dark” DLC, though whether other DLCs will also be included isn’t known at this time.

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Indie bundle hits Xbox One: 10 games for $20

Indie bundle hits Xbox One: 10 games for $20

The folks at Curve Digital have announced a collection of games for Xbox One all jammed into a single-priced bundle. Each of these games have been out for play in one way or another - on one system or another - before, but they've never been released in a single pack before. Included in the pack are games like Nova-111, OlliOlli, and 10 Second Ninja X, and the whole pack will be available until the 9th of March.

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Hitman: Absolution is getting backwards compatibility on Xbox One

Hitman: Absolution is getting backwards compatibility on Xbox One

A year ago, we heard that Hitman: Absolution was in the pipeline to get Xbox One backwards compatibility, and now the day has finally come. Xbox’s Larry Hryb has announced that the game now has backwards compatibility, allowing those with an Xbox One to play the older Xbox 360 title. This announcement comes shortly after one revealing that Grand Theft Auto 4 is now backwards compatible.

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